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June 3 , 2016

The Squirrels Monthly Edcamp Roundup – May 2016

It’s that time again, folks! As we look forward to warm summer days, we reflect on all the wonderful professional development opportunities we helped sponsor at Edcamps in May. Our sponsorships spanned across Maryland (EdcampMayaF), Tennessee (Edcamp GigCity), Illinois (Edcamp Illinois) and finished up in our home state of Ohio (Edcamp Cleveland). Now that’s a recipe for a successful month!

Edcamp Gig City

Since we are not always able to attend Edcamps, we love to follow along with the attendees on social media to see what educators are talking about and, of course, how much fun they are having.

Among other things, our May sponsorship donations provided breakfast, lunch, coffee and even a salad/fruit bar for the Edcamps. We’re hungry just thinking about it!

The following discussion topics produced the most hype in May:

  • Blended learning
  • Google Classroom
  • Tech coaching
  • Tech to support reading
  • Flipped classroom
  • Classroom management with tech
  • 1:1 classrooms and managing student behavior
  • 21st century teaching practices
  • Student blogging
  • Gamification

All in all, it was a great month, and we are grateful to all of the Edcamp organizers who allowed us to be part of the experience! We are always so impressed to see how dedicated educators are to their work.

Edcam Illinois - Amanda Kriegl

If you are hosting your own Edcamp and are interested in a Squirrels sponsorship, fill out our Edcamp Sign Up Form. Sponsorship may include monetary or swag donations, discounts on our products and more!

May 3 , 2016

The Squirrels Monthly Roundup – April 2016

Squirrels April Edcamps

April was a busy month here at the Squirrels HQ. We prepared donations, coupons, prize packs and lanyards for nearly 1,000 Edcamps attendees in three different states and two countries!

Two of our very own Alpha Squirrels, Travis Lape and Kyle Pearce, coordinated Edcamp South Dakota and EdcampSWO (Southwest Ontario). With these two events in different areas of the country, we saw great insight on the challenges educators face in their classrooms, organic or technology driven.

Edcamp Ashland and EdcampNEO (Northeast Ohio) were next, and a little closer to home. We loved the opportunity to work with these local schools to learn how they incorporate technology into their classroom environment.

We didn’t stop there! We ended our month-long Edcamp journey on a high note with EdcampGroveCity and EdcampOhio. Although we could not attend either of these two events,  the attendees had a great day of conversation and problem solving.

Attendees were able to discover some powerful solutions to implement in their own classroom setting to create a fun and efficient place to learn. We’re proud of all the hard work accomplished by these schools and educators.

We want to give a shoutout to our Alpha Squirrels, Laurie Green, Kelly Croy and Zee Poerio, who attended some of these Edcamps to collaborate with fellow educators and tell others how they use our Reflector 2 desktop screen-mirroring software.

Zee-Edcamps-April

If you weren’t able to attend any of these Edcamps this month, here are some of the popular discussion topics:

  • Twitter 101
  • Tools for the classroom
  • Technology integration tools
  • Video creation tools
  • Formative assessment
  • Flipped classroom
  • Twitter chats
  • Classroom management\

If you are hosting your own Edcamp and are interested in a Squirrels sponsorship, fill out our Edcamp Sign Up Form. Sponsorship may include monetary or swag donations, discounts on our products and more!

April 8 , 2016

Squirrels to Attend South Dakota Technology and Innovation in Education Conference

TIE SD Logo

The Squirrels team is excited to be part of the 30th annual TIE SD conference next week in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where we have the opportunity to demonstrate and showcase our products.

This will also be a beneficial time to gain a better understanding of how teachers in this area of the country are integrating technology into their classrooms.

We’re excited to make the cross-country trip to South Dakota to expand our physical footprint in the EdTech community and share this professional development opportunity with teachers, network administrators and educational administrators. Plus, it’s always fun to travel and experience new parts of the country!

The TIE SD EdTech conference strives to make a difference in the educational environment by providing quality resources and staying up to date with industry-leading technology. Attendees are provided with the opportunity to hear prominent speakers as well as an exhibit hall filled with vendors from all over the country, providing them with tools to help make learning more fun for teachers and students.

If you want to learn more about our products, be sure to stop by booth 101 or one of these sessions:

  • “Digital Dumpster Diving” presented by Kelly Rexine (@kellyrexine) on Monday at 10:55 a.m.
  • “Secrets to Saving your District Money and Time Using Technology” co-presented by Eli Harden and Jordan Braa (@jorbaa) on Monday at 2:25 p.m.

Also, catch active member of the EdTech community and Alpha Squirrel, Travis Lape (@travislape), presenting on “Student Driven Digital Portfolios – SeeSaw,” on Monday at 10:55 a.m.

If you’re in the area next week, be sure to stop by and say hello at booth 101!

March 31 , 2016

The Squirrels Monthly Edcamp Roundup – March 2016

The Squirrels team proudly sponsored over 200 attendees this month at EdcampAccessNJ in Morristown, New Jersey. This was the only Edcamp we sponsored in March, as we decided to dedicate most of the month to purchasing some fun, new swag for future Edcamps! Edcamp organizers and attendees, you’re in for a treat!

New Jersey is a little too far for us to travel from our cozy Northeast Ohio office, but we were there in spirit and cheered them on from our social media accounts!

Our Edcamp contributions help educators explore innovative ideas that make learning more engaging for both the teacher and the student. We’re happy to know that our efforts directly enhance the student learning experience.

If you also weren’t able to attend EdcampAccessNJ, here are just a few of the popular discussion topics:

  • Using technology to engage students with learning disabilities
  • Free technology for the classroom
  • Twitter, Voxer, Blab
  • Mashing it up with Chrome
  • Formative assessment
  • Engage with robots
  • Inclusive tech solutions with robotics and “pingable” technology

EdCamp Access NJ Board

We hope all of the EdcampAccessNJ organizers and educators had a positive and rewarding experience!

If you are hosting your own Edcamp and are interested in a Squirrels sponsorship, fill out our Edcamp Sign Up Form. Sponsorship may include monetary or swag donations, discounts on our products and more!

March 3 , 2016

Squirrels Named North Canton Business of the Year

Squirrels Business of the Year 2016

We are proud to announce that Squirrels LLC has been named Business of the Year by the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber overwhelmingly voted in favor of Squirrels and recognized the company at an Annual Awards Dinner on March 2. Squirrels also received letters of recognition from several state representatives, including Ohio Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown; Ohio Gov. John Kasich; Ohio Reps. Jim Renacci and Bob Gibbs; and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

Previous recipients of this award include Giant Eagle, Akron-Canton Airport, Harry London’s Candies, Inc. and The Hoover Company.

Nine members of the Squirrels team attended the event and watched as Squirrels co-founder Andrew Gould gave a speech accepting the honor for the company.

Gould reflected, “It’s awesome and honestly a little bit funny to receive this award almost eight years after starting the company. After eight years and 35 employees, we are deeply tied to our community and take great pride in receiving this award amongst other successful businesses.”

Squirrels wasn’t the only winner of the night. Linda Cavella, A Time to Dance owner, received the Community Arts Award; TD’s Tailgate Grill/Twisted Citrus received the Community Investment Award; Elec Simon, world-renowned percussionist, received the Community Contribution Award; Altercare of Ohio received the Chamber Appreciation Award; Norma Capocci, of the North Canton Playhouse, received the Ellen Gray Volunteer of the Year Award; and finally Koala Kruizers, a local transportation system, received the North Canton Business of Character Award.

Following the awards ceremony, Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler presented a political report on Ohio’s role in the upcoming presidential election. Karen is a regular reporter on local radio station 89.7 WKSU and hosts the State of Ohio television program.

This honor comes after Fortune Magazine recently named Squirrels the third Best Workplace in Technology in the nation and one of the 50 Best Workplaces for Camaraderie.

Squirrels Recognition 2016

About Us

Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. We create high-quality, budget-friendly screen mirroring and device management software that’s compatible with today’s most popular devices. To date, our software can be found in hundreds of thousands of classrooms, businesses and homes. Follow our blog for all the latest product updates, Squirrels news and technology insight!